Last week students from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead School got the chance to 'drive' UCrane Bolt as the giant crane was officially welcomed to the Westmead Redevelopment site.
The students from the school were responsible for the 34-metre-high crane's quirky name, taking inspiration from one of the world’s greatest athletes, runner Usain Bolt, in naming the first crane to work on the Westmead Redevelopment project.
The crane, which arrived earlier this month, has its name in lights and plays an integral role in the construction of the new multi-storey car park at Westmead Hospital.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead School principal Mercedes Wilkinson said the students were thrilled to be involved in the project.
“We were so excited to have our children involved in naming the Westmead Redevelopment’s first crane,” she said.
“Our students couldn’t go past a good pun and with the Olympics still fresh in their minds, we were incredibly impressed with their creativity.”
Students at the school are patients, or siblings of patients, and could be in the classroom for anywhere from a few days to a number of months.
“We are hoping the man himself, Usain Bolt, will consider a visit to Sydney to meet some of the children behind the clever name and see the crane for himself,” Mercedes said.
Westmead Hospital general manager Andrew Newton said: “the naming of the crane is really important for us, as we will use it as an identifier while it is on site.
“It is also a light-hearted reminder to the construction team of the thousands of patients that will benefit from their efforts”.
“By this time next year, there will be three cranes across the Westmead Redevelopment; getting some of the patients and their siblings on board as part of the process to name this first one was great fun.”
The students also received some Lego cranes to build in their classrooms.
UCrane Bolt also has its own Twitter account (@UCrane_Bolt), allowing people to follow its activities on the construction site.
Full photo caption: Project manager Adam Ashcroft and Project construction manager David Lock from ADCO Construction with Ben and Corey from The Children's Hospital at Westmead School
Story about the installation of UCrane Bolt
UCrane Bolt on Twitter - @UCrane_Bolt